Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 5
The 5-member Board sets the policy for the county, determining the strategic vision for the county, appoints a county manager, attorney and others to serve the county, adopts ordinances, including zoning, and establishes an annual budget, which includes setting the tax rate and calling bond referendums. Commissioners are elected at large in even-numbered years and serve staggered 2 or 4-year terms.
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What is the most important issue the County Commission will have to address in the next two years? (YouTube video link or 700 characters max if text)
What is the most effective role the county commission can play in improving the local schools? What policies or funding will you suggest when elected?
What policies will you propose to improve the economy of your county?
What policies would you propose to improve the quantity and quality of social services in your county?
Common-sense fiscal conservative working to keep Brunswick County safe, prosperous & ensure that County government operates effectively & efficiently.
Given the fiscal uncertainty created by COVID-19, the most important short-term issue is managing our budget and spending to ensure that the County is able to withstand the likely revenue shortfalls created by COVID-19. We need to manage this by tightening our belt, not increasing taxes on citizens who are also feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. It is imperative that we maintain our low tax rate and strong bond ratings as we navigate this situation.
I'm a firm believer that government at all levels best serves the people when it works within its proper role rather than expanding its scope beyond that role. When it comes to local education, the Board of Commissioners' role is financial, while education policy decisions are the role of the Board of Education. From the Commissioners' perspective, I strongly support maintaining our current funding agreement with the Board of Education. This agreement provides stability which allows the Board of Education to plan, and it ensures that education funding grows as our tax base grows. Further, I strongly support continuing to work with the Board of Education to implement the 2016 school bond, as well as anticipating and preparing for new capital needs.
Long-term, my vision is for Brunswick County’s economy to be more balanced rather than being disproportionately reliant on a few sectors (tourism, service and construction). I strongly believe that the best way to build a strong, stable economy is to create an environment which fosters private-sector job growth.
To that end, I support the following:
- Continuing our support for Brunswick Business & Industry Development’s (BBID) efforts to recruit new businesses to our County.
- Supporting Brunswick Business & Industry Development’s (BBID) product development efforts to strengthen the viability and marketability of our industrial sites.
- Ensuring that our Unified Development Ordinance is clearly written and consistently and predictably enforced.
- Continuing to expand water and sewer infrastructure county-wide.
- Supporting efforts to capitalize on and leverage Brunswick County’s agricultural heritage by encouraging agribusiness and agri-tourism.
Social services are already a substantial portion of our County’s operations, and the importance of Health & Human Services has been underscored during the COVID-19 crisis.
While government has a role in the social services arena, I believe engaging with qualified non-profits is one of the best ways to improve the delivery of needed services to Brunswick County residents. We have a tremendous reservoir of organizations and people who stand ready to make a difference for their fellow citizens, and the County can help facilitate, coordinate and promote those efforts.
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